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$5 - $54
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European, Eastern European, Romanian, Central European
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Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Small portions, basic food, forget one order, super pricy, extremely (too) friendly attitude from the waiter not having any base dor this familiarity. Sorry, never again!

Date of visit: June 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Extraordinary food as same as the service. Adrian made our night with his explanations about the Bucharest history and the politics there

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The food was great and the ambiance also very nice and cozy , all the time the waiter Adrian was careful with all , I appreciate

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed March 27, 2024 via mobile

We attended a birthday celebration being at Mahala for the first time. It was a very pleasant surprise - high quality food, good service, nice atmoshere. The only negative I would mention are the very kitch plastic curtains hanging over the tables and the rather...excesive prices. On the other hand, lamb rasol was really top quality. We did not eat dessert.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed February 11, 2024

Amazing food! Best meal in Bucharest by far! On top of it, the waiter is soooooo nice, was welcoming and checked in on me constantly. I will be coming back here before I leave the country!

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed September 15, 2023

Fabulous experience. I arrived just after they opening for lunch and was seated on the beautiful outdoor patio under the over big, lush trees and plants. I ordered the lamb shank and while I waited enjoyed a glass of red wine. WOW! It was delicious....the meat fell-off the bone and was lightly seasoned allowing for the natural flavour to shine, and the spuds were also lightly seasoned, crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside. Service was perfect. I was allow to linger and enjoy another glass of wine - even as the lunchtime crowd started to arrive. I highly recommend treating yourself to a fabulous meal and service in an outstanding environment.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed September 3, 2023

Great traditional Romanian food in a mid-20th century Romanian home atmosphere like with livingroom objects, songs of that time and all. Cosy terrace hidden from the hubbub of the busy streets of the Old Town.

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed July 18, 2023

I love good food, nice ambiance and good service. The place looks good, but the food not so tasty. I ordered the duck leg with polenta (pasat) was horrible, the polenta is boiled in milk was sour not eatable, the size of the portion was...ridiculously small (5 or 6 cm), I eat only one dish so I don't eat much. The service was ok, nice garden and clean toilet but I will not go back or recomand to anyone.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed April 22, 2023

The restaurant is located in a historical building; it is nice decorated, but not exceptional. The food is medium, some above average, but similar with a lot of other restaurants in Bucharest. The staff is not friendly and inexperienced, so the quality of service is...rather low. Definitely it is overrated and there are better options available in the area.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed January 14, 2023 via mobile

✅ We enjoyed the food. Amazing taste and textures. We took a Tuna pate, a Courgette Risotto and a Milanese Osso Buco. All were very tasty and well cooked. ❌ Unfortunately the waiters were rood and noisy. They seemed bored and not motivated to work/serve...in a local with such a great food. Just spending the time chatting without paying attention to the guests. We waited for a long time with the glasses empty to receive a refill or to be asked if we want to have another glass of wine. The food was not presented, just put the page in front of us... Too bad, because the story of the food deserved to be told.More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed December 11, 2022 via mobile

I will not go back in a hurry, not kids friendly, not friendly at all, actually, and quite expensive for the food servex

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed June 10, 2022 via mobile

Fantastic dinner with excellent bottle of Lupi cabernet. The service was prompt and professional. Sitting in outside garden sublime and private. Food was cooked perfectly. Recommend the mussels and meat filled grape leaves for appetizers. Lamb shank for main was tasty too.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed May 3, 2022 via mobile

Mahala was recommended by our food tour guise and WOW did it exceed all of our expectations! We wanted to have a special and memorable last dinner in Bucharest and this restaurant delivered!! As a starter we ordered the mussels and the freshness of the...dish left us longing for our mains. We shared the seabass and the cockerel. The seabaas risotto was creamy and smooth like butter melting in our mouths. The cockerel was juicy and tender. As a dessert, we ordered the Coliva. The flavours complimented each other. The icing on the cake was our server, Virgil. He eas funny, kind and his customer service skills were impeccable. I would definitely return to this establishment and recommend you do as well.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 2, 2022

we got gray hairs while waiting for the food. It took 25 minutes for someone to come and take our food order, while we were the only customers at that moment. I’m proudly giving them 1 star, they really earned it. If you’re hungry, stay...away from this placeMore

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed March 18, 2022

The place looks really nice and interesting. Delicious starters, main course and dessert. The cocktails such Gin Tonic and Aperol Spritz were not that good, unfortunately. So better choose wine or beer, maybe. The staff is not welcoming at all by showing an arrogant attitude...and I'm not the only one noticing this. Prices are a bit too high.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4